Measuring Culture Change

Clark Quinn

Someone recently asked how you would go about measuring culture change, and I thought it’s an interesting question. A learning culture is optimal for organizational innovation and agility, and it’s likely that not all elements are already in place. So it’s plausible that you’d want to change, and if you do, you’d like to know how it’s going. Say, for instance, one desirable outcome of a learning culture would be, well, learning!

Signifying change

Clark Quinn

There is now quite a bit available about signifying change with ritual. Every culture has had its origin story, and typically stories that explain the earth, the sky, and more. And, to be clear, here I’m talking secular change.). Signifying change is an important component.

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OMG, its culture change time

Dave Snowden

If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike. It's a form of aversion therapy really, change now or we'll put you through a re-education programme. A classic distinction in anthropology is between ideation and rule base cultures.

Adding aesthetics to culture

Dave Snowden

Many years ago now I worked with anthropologist Beth Meriam to design an approach to cultural mapping using SenseMaker®. In effect it has become the underlying Cynefin theory of culture in organisations and society. The other is on climate change and that I will announce tomorrow.

Narratives of culture: overture

Dave Snowden

There are some basic truths about culture in organisations that are pretty self-evident to anyone prepared to engage with either theory or practice. So next week we will launch a low cost (even lower if you get in early) cultural mapping tool (possibly two) that organisations can use.

The Vital Role of Culture in Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When properly aligned with personal values, drives, and needs, culture can unleash tremendous amounts of energy toward a shared purpose and foster an organization’s capacity to thrive.”. Attributes of Culture. Cultural Styles. Levers for Evolving Culture.

Culture 6 of 7: Adjustments

Dave Snowden

In any art work the final adjustments mean that we are nearing completion, in cultural change I want to argue, it is the sign that the process is only just starting. Its a structure that we can’t change but we can use. The essence of cultural change is minimalism ….

The evolution of culture

Dave Snowden

I want to start with the culture word and I'm deliberately using lower case and linking with the idea of an evolutionary not an engineering process. The latest example claims originality is discovering that unwritten rules and practices are domain in culture.

Culture is entangled

Dave Snowden

Another Gaping Void cartoon for this second post on culture, which makes the point that change initiatives come and go but relationships that we build can last for ever. Manufacturing process replacing artisan capability in what is meant to be a service business.

The Vital Role of Culture in Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When properly aligned with personal values, drives, and needs, culture can unleash tremendous amounts of energy toward a shared purpose and foster an organization’s capacity to thrive.”. Attributes of Culture. Cultural Styles. Levers for Evolving Culture.

Corporate culture

Harold Jarche

Tweet Next month I’ll be discussing corporate culture at Sibos in Toronto. My view (not original) is that corporate culture is an emergent property. Culture happens, and like a child, once born, the parents are not really in control. To know the culture, be the culture.

How is the culture of luxury changing?

Ross Dawson

Tim Stock of scenarioDNA has created an excellent presentation on the Culture of Luxury, shown here. The Culture of Luxury 2011 (Brand Packaging). Coming out of a major financial crisis and possibly into another one, these attributes change.

Narratives of culture: the score

Dave Snowden

This is going to be a little out of sequence, but I want to come to how we gather narrative for the new culture scans in future posts. In this case the vertical dimension is compliance with rules and process, the horizontal getting the job done.

Leadership in a Changing World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment? The key challenge confronting CEOs, - and senior executives in general, - is the relentless pace of change. But, w hile speed is the major dimension of change, it’s not the only one.

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The change is here

Clark Quinn

For a number of years now (at least six ), I’ve been beating the drum about the need for organizations to be prepared to address change. Now we’re seeing the evidence that the change has arrived. The first point for leaders is to use data and focus on culture.

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Using network perspectives to visualize changing culture and meaning

Ross Dawson

I’m a big fan of Tim Stock ‘s work, which weaves together a deep network perspective with a rich view of how culture is changing informed by semiotic analysis. I earlier shared one of his presentations in a post on how the culture of luxury is changing.

Automation and the Changing Demand for Workforce Skills

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let me now discuss the more recent report published earlier this year, which examined the changes in skills required of human workers over the next 10-15 years. I’ll focus my discussion on the US skill changes, as the European changes were similar.

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Human Capital and the Changing Nature of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But on balance, such fears appear to be unfounded, noted the World Bank in a comprehensive recent report on The Changing Nature of Work. That’s a mistake, because neglecting investments in human capital can dramatically weaken a country’s competitiveness in a rapidly changing world, one in which economies need ever-increasing amounts of talent to sustain growth.” . How is the Nature of Work Changing? People have long feared that machines are coming for our jobs.

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Game-Changing Basic Research: Benefits and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, technology and market environments have drastically changed in the intervening years. Synthetic Biology - “Redesigning life itself in the lab, and in the process potentially transforming bio-manufacturing, food production, and healthcare.” .

Innovation is not a repeatable process

Harold Jarche

Can innovation be promoted through better processes? I have not been able to find any regular correllation between well adopted innovation processes and actual innovation outcomes, and I’ve been looking pretty hard. I want every knowledge worker to discover his or her own processes.

Creating an architecture for change

Dave Snowden

No bad thing and I might institute a new rule for flights that involves reading rather than processing emails. This is not only government it is also the way of all legitimate organisational change.

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Resisting Change – Luddites Unite!

Luis Suarez

No wonder I keep musing about another rather thought-provoking sentence she put together as well in that superb article: ‘ Technological change does not automatically equate with progress ’. Eventually, either by business processes and / or by machines.

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If Your Enterprise Social Network Is a Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

Tell me, would you describe your culture as one that is open or closed? Do you and your employees operate in a culture of fear or is it a relatively harmonious and engaged environment? Like me, Charlene is a crusader for a more open and collaborative culture.

Change or die

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

A Harvard MBA and Princeton undergrad, he has been improving business processes since developing the first business curriculum for the University of Phoenix three decades ago. This is a total phase change. We are in a rapidly changing, mind-blowing overly complex world out there today.

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The Economic and Cultural Polarization of America

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For most of our nation’s history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world - for whites, anyway.” There was a common civic culture, - the American way of life , - “that swept an extremely large proportion of Americans of all classes into its embrace. The situation changed drastically in the intervening fifty years.

Technology, Media and Culture - the Best of Times or the Worst of Times?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) was founded in 2010 to study the transformational impact of technology on culture and on the media industries. But, he also notes that these changes are hitting the media industries particularly hard.

The True Value of a Good Education: Adaptability to a Changing Environment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The key criticism of the PhD process is that it’s been primarily designed to prepare students for tenure-track academic positions. While the increasing number of PhDs around the world has resulted in an extraordinary amount of good research , many PhD programs haven’t adapted to a changing job market. Education and Talent Future of Work Political Issues Society and Culture

Data Science and the Changing Nature of Research and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Organizational structures and cultural attitudes are not keeping up with changing realities. While competitive pressures force companies to adjust to fast changing market realities, change comes slower to academic and government institutions.

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Embracing Disruptive Change - Why Is it So Difficult?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One of the topics discussed was how companies generally deal with major technology and market changes, - like those that have been taking place all around us for the past few decades. Transformative change comes naturally to young companies, as it generally does to young people.

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The Power of Reflection in an Ever-Changing World

Charles Jennings

Military after-action reviews (AARs) are tremendous structured processes that analyse what happened, why it happened and how it could be done better. The US military four-question AAR, for example, could serve as a template for any organisation to help embed a culture of reflection.

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Did Zappos Just Ruin Their Culture Or Is It A Brilliant Org Redesign?

Dan Pontefract

In a word, it’s all about “ culture.” Their collaborative mindset is infectious, one that encourages everyone to scale the culture. It’s an act of recognition, but it’s the opportunity for all Zappos employees to scale the culture.

Re-reading A New Culture of Learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

A New Culture of Learning by John Seely Brown and Doug Thomas. In the new culture of learning, people learn through their interaction and participation with one another in fluid relationships that are the result of shared interests and opportunity.

Culture 3 of 7: Identify the big shapes

Dave Snowden

While having specific goals is not possible in a complex system, and any cultural change is complex, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have a sense of direction and/or purpose. So what are the big shapes in culture change? Some of this will be process, some people.

Changing minds

Clark Quinn

There is a lot of concern about incorporating social learning into organizations centering on the organizational and culture issues. I gave my “Blowing up the training department&# presentation last nite for Massachusetts ISPI chapter, and a number of the questions were on getting the executives to buy in to the need, and then changing the culture. For instance, changing cutlure is hard. However, the consequences of not changing may be worse!

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Measuring the Forces of Long Term Change

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Intel co-founder Gordon Moore described what became known as Moore’s Law in a 1965 paper where he observed that the number of components in integrated circuits had doubled every year since their invention in 1958, and predicted that the trend would continue for at least ten years, a prediction he subsequently changed to a doubling every two years. The Foundation index has been growing at a ten percent CGR since 1993, and is the primary driver of all the other changes.

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Reviewing "A New Culture of Learning"

John Hagel

  How will they ever learn enough to keep up with the accelerating pace of change?   My colleague and friend, John Seely Brown, has just come out with “A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change” , co-authored with Doug Thomas, a professor at the University of Southern California.  Doug and JSB make the case that the acceleration and expansion of change requires us to adopt learning models.

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Business transformation: an ongoing process of shifting to more open organizations

Ross Dawson

The article opens: Transformation isn’t so much a process as a modus operandi for successful businesses in the digital age, according to Australian futurist and digital strategist Ross Dawson. Dawson said that successful, ongoing transformation comes from a fundamental change in business culture–away from secrecy, hierarchy, and fear, and toward greater openness in which failure is embraced as a learning tool.

The role of the L&D function IS changing.

Jane Hart

This trend is one sign of the changing role of the L&D function, which no longer is “the place” for learning. A recent press release about Bersin by Deloitte’s new industry study, The Corporate LearningFactbook® 2013: Benchmarks, Trends, and Analysis of the U.S.

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Does Your Nonprofit Suffer from a Culture of Sitting? How To Change It

Beth Kanter

Yet, many nonprofits are loosing productivity and less creative because they are trapped in a culture of sitting. It’s time to change that up – here’s why and some tips for making that shift in your nonprofit. A Walking Culture at Work.

Your Nonprofit’s Culture: By Design or by Default?

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: In my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, we discuss how to create a culture of wellbeing to encourage self-care. Jay Wilkinson, CEO of Firespring , shares some thoughts on building the right culture of for your nonprofit.

Open Spaces, Open Minds Redux (An Open 2.0 Culture)

Dan Pontefract

Clearly, some of this territoriality results from fear – of thieves, burglars and more, but the symbolic aspects of these changes may indicate not merely closing off properties but as (John) Updike suggests, a closing of minds. A reclamation process must begin. Culture enterprise 2.0

Learning is Behaviour Change: why is it often so hard to help it happen?

Charles Jennings

Alan Deutschman, the author of ‘ Change or Die ’ makes a pretty stark statement about people’s reluctance to change: “What if a well-informed, trusted authority figure said you had to make difficult and enduring changes in the way you think and act?

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70:20:10 – Above All Else It’s a Change Agent

Charles Jennings

“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Each organisational culture will display its own profile of workplace, social and structured development opportunities, and each will vary dependent on a number of factors. [1]

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